EATING RAOUL with legendary cult queen MARY WORONOV in person to accept Lifetime Achievement Award
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Friday, November 14
7:30 PM doors / 8:00 PM film
Magic Kombucha presents: EATING RAOUL
with legendary cult queen MARY WORONOV in person to accept Lifetime Achievement Award plus book signing and Q&A with moderator Ian Svenonious
Who knew murder and cannibalism could be so much fun? Eating Raoul was celebrated at the time of its release as the perfect marriage between
mainstream moviemaking and the so-called “underground” cinema. Cult-film icons Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel (both of whom directed) play a married couple who decide to cash in on the sexual perversions of others. Posing as a hooker, Woronov lures the “johns” in and indulges their every kinky whim, whereupon Bartel kills the unwary client, steals the valuables, and sells the corpse for dog food. Though they see nothing wrong in what they’re doing, they react in prudish disgust at the sexual preferences of their victims. Eventually, Raoul (Robert Beltran), the fellow who transports the corpses to the dog food concern, proves expendable–and extremely edible. This savage black comedy – one of the most bizarrely sophisticated satires ever made – boasts a high-powered comic supporting cast, among them Buck Henry, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Paul and Edie McClurg.
Actress/writer/artist Mary Woronov has had a singular career. She first made headlines in the 1960s as a Warhol Superstar. She danced with the Velvet Underground as part of their multimedia live show and starred in Chelsea Girls, the 1966 experimental underground film directed by Andy Warhol. Since then, the marvelous Ms Woronov has appeared in over 80 movies and countless TV episodes. Notable appearances include the Roger Corman classic Death Race 2000, Rock ‘N Roll High School, Night of the Comet, Warlock, Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Chopping Mall, The Devil’s Rejects and, of course, Eating Raoul. Her many TV appearances include Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote, and even a Suicidal Tendencies music video. She is smart, hilarious, sexy and beyond charismatic. Her husky voice, her imposing figure and that daunting face whose beauty is too hard-edged to melt, brings a subversive air of danger to every performance. She can wield an intense androgynous power, reminiscent of the great female actresses of the 1940s who have become camp icons, Mae West, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. She is punk rock personified and a total badass.
The Olympia Film Society is honored to present Mary Woronov with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.